Due to Evans River dredging beach goers have encountered glass and oyster shells.
Due to Evans River dredging beach goers have encountered glass and oyster shells. Tyson Yates

Council receive complaints of rubbish on Evans Head beach

SEVERAL Evans Head locals are nursing cut feet after stepping on glass and oyster shell debris left over from the dredging of the Evans River in June.

After almost 10 complaints to Richmond Valley Council - some of which concerned infected oyster shell cuts - an official warning was issued via Facebook yesterday advising beachgoers to wear shoes and tread lightly.

One of the reports of an infected cut concerned a child.

Not deep enough

A spokeswoman from the council said staff already spent three days sifting the sand with a beach cleaner, but the machine "didn't go deep enough".

The council would now need to bring in "specialised equipment" which may involve the purchase of a new beach cleaner, although the NSW Lands Department would be billed for the cleaning job.

Dredging work

The $564,000 dredging job was conducted in June by National Dredging Services, a Yamba-based company, mostly funded under the NSW Government's Dredging of Priority Waterways on the North Coast program.

It shifted 18,000 cubic metres of sand from the channel and used the sand to "renourish" the beach area between the Evans River northern breakwater and the Beach Street carpark.



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